I Had A Wonderful Day

13 10 2011

I woke up this morning, not expecting today to be anything special.  Yair and I had planned a hike to Spencer’s Butte, a beautiful 6-mile trail that overlooks all of Eugene and the surrounding mountains.  We snoozed our alarm a couple of times before waking up around 9:15 AM to head over.

Climbing Spencer's Butte and Working Up A Sweat!

Climbing Spencer's Butte and Working Up A Sweat!

We're Almost At The Top! The Sunlight Teases Us On The Way Up...

We're Almost At The Top! The Sunlight Teases Us On The Way Up...

The hike was gorgeous.  For all of Oregon’s rain, the Pacific Northwest is lush and green.  Most of the hike was in dense forest and we took a very steep shortcut / alternate route that worked up a sweat and landed us right on the peak.  Upon arrival, I shared my water with a friendly dog (thank you, Nina, for showing me how to stream the water out of my Camelbak straw!) and we found ourselves above the clouds with a seriously awesome panoramic view.  It was a bit chilly on the peak, but I have been blessed with an extremely warm husband whose resting body temperature often seems to be twice my own.

At the Summit - An Open Path Leads The Way to the Peak

At the Summit - An Open Path Leads The Way to the Top

Gorgeous Panoramic Views from the Peak of Spencer's Butte

Gorgeous Panoramic Views from the Top of Spencer's Butte

Yair and I had some serious conversations about religion and family during our descent, found fuzzy and crawly critters on the way down and then started watching a jarring yet highly engaging film before he took off for some rock climbing.  I crawled into bed for what turned out to be a godly 2.5 hour nap, and was wearing the most plush and comfortable robe that I have ever owned and am immensely grateful to have (thank you Alex from Nomadia!).  I then woke up to some juggling practice and took my bike for a sunset ride over to my favorite place in the world – a bridge overlooking the McKenzie River.

My Fuzzy!  This Would Be A Manageable Sized Pet for Arvie...  :-)

My Fuzzy! This Would Be A Manageable Sized Pet For Us In The RV... 🙂

All this is without mentioning the two gourmet birthday cupcakes that I polished off, a conversation with a dear friend and an excursion with the Eugene bike brigade planned for later this evening.  Not every day on the road is perfect or glamorous, but gee – what a wonderful day.

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6 responses

14 10 2011
Roamingbarbara

Even with a nap, you really had a full day! That hike looks wonderful. We saw a lot of those same caterpillars and somebody said you can tell how bad the winter is going to be by the width of the stripe. Interesting and no way to tell if it’s true since we don’t know how wide it usually is. 🙂

16 10 2011
ayo

Yes, and naps really are wonderful things! It’s a shame that we phase them out starting around age 5 for the next 60 years. People are missing out… 🙂

14 10 2011
Briana

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE IT! 🙂
Xo

16 10 2011
ayo

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE you! 🙂

Safe travels down the coast, and we’ll see you in December!

14 10 2011
Zvi

Beautiful!!

16 10 2011
ayo

Thanks, dear! Come visit. 🙂

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